Signaling that a major shift in the way Americans watch television is accelerating, the NPD Group predicts that the number of connected TV devices in the U.S. will double by 2017 to 204 million.
Smart TV maker Samsung has halted sales and rentals on its Video and Media Hub, and will discontinue the movie and TV show service on August 1, a final step in its ongoing move to shut down electronic services including music and e-book sales. Customers who already purchased videos or music through its Hub will be able to transfer their content to M-Go.
Following its acquisition of Hewlett-Packard's WebOS business, South Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics will unveil next year a new version of the software that will power all of its high-end smart TVs and many of its Internet-connected appliances.
More than half of U.S. consumers will be watching TV through electronic devices connected to the Internet by 2017, according to new research just released by eMarketer, but most of those devices won't be smart TVs
LAS VEGAS--Set-top box manufacturers have the ability to make multiple services available through a single consumer premises unit, but when it comes to the approaching 4K storm, they "ought to be worried," according to Benoit Fouchard, ATEME's chief strategy officer. Alternatives to STBs are being developed to meet the 4K demand, particularly by smart TV manufacturers, and a new 4K channel launching in Korea on Thursday bypasses the set-top box for a 4K-ready TV.
Roku has teamed up with TCL and Hisense to produce a variety of co-branded TV sets, and the company said the devices will be in stores in the U.S. and Canada this fall.
This year's Consumer Electronics Show is all about ultra-HD as TV manufacturers roll out new TV models and programmers announce they're creating and offering more content in the new format. Comcast, DirecTV, M-GO and Amazon will be among the initial partners that will deliver a package of Ultra HD content to Samsung Electronics' new line of 4K TVs.
Roku, the maker of an online video streaming set-top box and HDMI dongle, said it will work with two Chinese TV set manufacturers this year to build its software directly into "actual TV" sets.
The idea of mixing and matching traditional TV--or at least traditional IPTV--with online video is taking off in Europe. Swedish telecom and IPTV service provider Com Hem plans to launch a multiscreen service to 1.74 million households this spring using TiVo, and in Germany, smart TV app Panorama TV is attracting millions of views.
Connected TVs from consumer electronics manufacturers such as LG, Samsung and Sony will be in 87 million U.S. homes, according to a Parks Associates study commissioned by interactive program guide technology developer Rovi.